Motor racing’s governing body launched a detailed study over the winter into the handling of the end-of-race safety car in last year’s F1 season finale, after helping to influence the outcome of the world championship.
The move came after F1 race director Michael Masi opted to selectively interpret the regulations to restart the race for a final lap.
The move allowed Max Verstappen, who had stopped for fresher tyres, to overtake Hamilton and take the title win.
The controversy the events caused was initially blamed by the FIA on a “misunderstanding” of the rules by fans and the media, but since then the governing body has made big changes to the way it will organize the events of F1.
Masi has been pushed aside, with the role of F1 race director now shared between Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas. They will be supported by a new Virtual Race Control setup which should help them get some extra assistance when the cars are on track.
But while the changes have been welcomed by many, there are still calls for more answers about what exactly happened in Abu Dhabi.
Key to the FIA getting the transparency it suggested providing on the issue is the publication of the Abu Dhabi report, which should offer important answers on critical decisions that have impacted the world championship.
Hamilton, who has admitted to losing faith in the FIA over what happened in Abu Dhabi, is particularly eager to read it himself – and hopes the report will be made available to all.
“I haven’t seen it, I didn’t think it was out yet,” he said. “But I think I’m excited to see the results of this report.
“I think I hope everyone can see it and maybe have a better understanding of everything. And I think ultimately, like everything, it’s about understanding where we are, so that we can move forward and in a positive light.”
Although there have been suggestions that the FIA plans to keep the report secret, Motorsport.com understands that a final decision has not yet been made on what will happen.
One possibility is that the FIA will publish it after approval by the World Motor Sport Council at its next meeting, which will take place on the eve of the F1 season opener in Bahrain.
In December, the FIA outlined its plans to respond to the events in Abu Dhabi and said it would work with the media and fans to explain things better.
He said: “This issue will be discussed and addressed with all teams and drivers to learn lessons from this situation and clarification to be provided to participants, media and fans on the current regulations to preserve the competitive nature of our sport while ensure the safety of drivers and officials.